Author: Douglas Kennedy
Original language: English
Publisher: Simon & Schuster, New York, 2010
Douglas Kennedy’s new novel bears his trademark ability to write serious popular fiction. A true page turner about a woman whose entire life is turned upside down in a very foreign place where they speak her language. ‘About an hour after I met Tony Thompson, he changed my life. I know that sounds just a little melodramatic, but it’s the truth. Or, at least, as true as anything a journalist will tell you’. Sally Goodchild is a thirty-seven year old American who, after nearly two decades as a highly independent journalist, finds herself pregnant and in London… married to an English foreign correspondent, Tony Thompson, whom she met while they were both on assignment in Cairo. From the outset Sally’s relationship with both Tony and London is an uneasy one – especially as she finds her husband and his city to be far more foreign than imagined. But her adjustment problems soon turn to nightmare – as she discovers that everything can be taken down and used against you… especially by a spouse who now considers you an unfit mother and wants to bar you from ever seeing your child again.